Update 10/08: The U.S. Supreme Court is ruling on the 2020 Census deadline, and a ruling is expected 10/10.
There’s still time be counted in the 2020 Census! TNOYS is encouraging all youth services providers to get the word out so that we can ensure an accurate count for Texas.
The 2020 Census has experienced many shifting deadlines over the last few months, and the census deadline has been extended to October 31st as of this writing. An Oct 7th ruling from the 9th circuit court allows for the census count to continue through October. However, there is still a possibility that the decision could be appealed and taken to the Supreme Court to stop the count.
Because the census deadline is still not set in stone, it is critical that we continue to alert youth and families about the census and ask everyone to self-respond TODAY.
The statewide organization Texas Counts has recommended the following when reaching out to communities:
- Urge households to respond today (i.e “Don’t delay, respond today!”)
- Remind communities that it is safe, quick, easy, and urgent to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
- Refrain from using a deadline when reaching out to communities. There is still a possibility that the deadline will change again and we don’t want to cause more confusion.
- Focus messaging on why the Census matters and urgency in completing the Census
Resources to Help Your Organization Get Out the Count
TNOYS has developed many resources to help your organization get out the count!
- Graphics for social media focused on reaching youth and families about the census
- Census flyers for Youth Clients
- Tips for talking with clients about the census
- English and Spanish Graphics from Texas Counts Toolkit
- Check out TNOYS’ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional graphics and messaging to share
Youth and Young Adult Census Video Series
Young Adult staff members and members of TNOYS’ youth and young adult leadership council created a series of videos explaining why the census is important to youth. Check out two of the videos below, and be sure to sure them through your own social media channels. View the complete video series on TNOYS’ Youtube Channel.